Monday, February 25, 2008

Fun Times

Pudding Again!
We had a fun night. I am tired, but good tired. We made another tent which makes Peanut giddy with excitement. She runs in and out under the blanket entrance. We had to put the stuffed animals inside and her fuzzy Cinderella chair. She squealed in delight when Daddy chased her in and out of the tent and played hide and seek. We also had pudding. Typically the spoon use is going well but this pudding is runny so it is very messy, but oh so fun!
Pudding Again!
We also made edible playdough and played with that. It's really easy.
Edible Playdough

Edible Playdough
1 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. peanut butter
Mix all ingredients. Add enough water to make dough consistency. Chill and enjoy.
Edible Playdough
Peanut thought it was great fun to fling the playdough. It also passes her taste test. Mmm, good! I have found some other edible playdough recipes to try. We certainly are not at the non-edible playdough stage as EVERYTHING gets a taste test from Peanut. All of the other edible playdough recipes call for non-fat dry milk. Do you know how much a box of that stuff costs? That is why I picked the above recipe.
Edible Playdough Edible Playdough
We also tried another Rachael Ray recipe tonight for supper. I found it on another blog that I frequent, Marytree. It is a yummy soup recipe.

Tomato and Bean Stoup
(Stoup is a cross between soup and stew.)
2T. extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 t. crushed red pepper flakes
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, thinly sliced
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 small zucchini, sliced
2 c. vegetable or chicken stock
1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (15 oz.) can small white beans or cannellini beans
1 (10 oz.) box frozen grean beans
Salt and Pepper
1 c. fresh basil, torn or shredded
Grated parmigiano or romano cheese

Add extra virgin olive oil to pan. Add garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir in onion, carrots, celery, and zucchini. Cook 10 min. then add stock, tomatoes and beans. Bring soup up to a bubble and add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and wilt basil into stoup. Ladle up and top with cheese. Serve with crusty bread.

As Rachael says, "Yumm-o!" I did not use the celery and used dried basil. I would use canned grean beans next time. I am NOT a fan of frozen green beans. We all thought this was yummy. It was perfect for all of us because the veggies were big enough to take out for Peanut to eat. She loves her veggies!

What a fun night. We even squeezed in a bath before bed. Now the sleet is coming down and hitting the windows. It looks like we are in for another winter storm! Spring, oh spring wherefore art thou Spring?

Also, one last minute thing. I am addicted to It is so fun. The site is a place where people can sell things that they have made. Dobbie even was inspired to put some quilts up for sale. I love looking through the different things that have been made, especially the totes and homemade cards, oh and jewelery, and purses, and toys....I could go on and on. If you are looking for a unique gift, it's a great place to look online. It's also great for inspiration and ideas.


Joy said...

Hey were you starting to spell out my name with the homemade jello playdough? I know you were! ha! :)
Love the pics of Cora with all the pudding all over her face. Cutie head!
I'm emailing you right now because I have a story to tell you.
Love you!

Debra said...

That looks like some great tasting playdoh!

shannonfay said...

If she was my baby, I think she'd get chocolate pudding every single day....she looks too cute with a big chocolately smile!